Happy First Friday of Elvis Week, y'all. Here's a list of five super fun things to do with it:
The Mid-South Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza is three days of outdoorsy good times. There are contests (like duck calling and taxidermy), seminars (on things like dog training and basic deer hunting), vendors and a casting call for something called "Redneck Island". The show opens today and will be open 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Before the AAA Memphis Redbirds play the Tacoma Rainiers, they're having a big Elvis Week party. There will be live music, a classic car show, Clydesdales, and the first 5,000 people that come to the park will get an Elvis Bobblehead.
Two words for you: Dance party. There's one at the Botanic Garden's Firefly party tonight. And before you get super excited, it's not "Firefly" like the space western – it's firefly like things that glow in the dark. This family friendly event will have plenty of glow sticks, crafts, LED hula hoops, science experiments and the aforementioned dance party.
Anyone with a little bit of cash and a dream can enter the Last Chance Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and compete for the grand prize of a chance to compete in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest next weekend. It's a total grab bag of Elvii, which is what makes it so much fun.
Wanda Jackson, the reigning and forever queen of rockabilly, is playing at the Hi-Tone on Aug. 12. She may be a septuagenarian, but she's got just as much raspy rock'n'roll in her voice as ever. Local band The Sultana will open.
If none of these events are your thing, there are tons more on the blog's calendar. No matter what you do this weekend, I hope you have a blast. Come back and tell me about it on Monday.